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Month February 2011

Lomography World Tour at No Vacancy

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3 February – 31 March 2011
No Vacancy, Melbourne

Two months of Diana Madness is about to land in Australia and New Zealand.

Hosted once every few years, the Lomography World Congress is responsible for uniting Lomographers from all over the world that share one common interest an immense love for analogue photography.

Lomography is not just about crazy fun cameras and beautiful photos, but is also about bringing people together to share their life and experience through this medium, exploring new possibilities both in life and through photography. These completely unique experiences and memories seem to be the best souvenirs for Lomographers who participated in the Lomography World Congress but unfortunately, very few Lomographers from around the world are able to participate due to distance, cost and busy Lomographic lives! Since the last LWC, Lomography has made it a new mission to bring unique Lomographic events and happenings to the community worldwide…Bring on The Diana World Tour!

The Diana World Tour was kick started in Hong Kong, and has since travelled to Tokyo, Seoul, Porto, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, New York City, LA, Riga, London and is now making it’s way to Australia and New Zealand.

More information at No Vacany

No Vacancy Gallery
34 – 40 Jane Bell Lane, QV
Melbourne.
Exhibition Running: 24th February – 12th March 2011

Trading Hours:
Monday: Gallery Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00am – 5:00pm

NETWORKS (cells & silos) at Monash University Museum of Art

Monash University Museum of Art
Caulfield Campus
1 February – 16 April 2011
Curator: Geraldine Barlow

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NETWORKS (cells & silos) explores connections between artistic representations of networks; patterns and structures found in nature; the rapidly evolving field of network science, communications and human relations.

We live between the paradigms of network, cell and silo, more connected to each other than we’ve ever been, but potentially more isolated. NETWORKS (cells & silos) asks whether a deeper understanding of network patterns might allow us a greater capacity to choose and manage change.

Presenting the work of Australian and international artists, the exhibition reflects the organising principles and dynamics of our increasingly networked society.

More here

Craft Hatch Market @ State Library of Victoria

Saturday 12 March, 10am-4pm.
Experimedia, Ground Floor, State Library of Victoria.
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne (corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets).

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(L-R). Odd One Out: Sandwich, $25, Whole Pizza $50, Slice of Pizza $15, Slice of Cake, $20.

Special children’s edition of Craft Hatch promises treats good enough
to eat.

The March Craft Hatch features more than 20 designers presenting work that celebrates the child in all of us. Staged at the State Library of Victoria, this special edition compliments the Library’s exhibition Look! The art of Australian picture books today.

Visitors to the market will discover Fiona Smith’s label Odd One Out. Working almost exclusively in felt, Odd One Out specialises in food-themed creations. Trained as a visual merchandiser, Smith was drawn to felt for its colourful qualities. “I’m very attracted to bright colours and kitschy things, I have a big collection of cotton fabric but felt really provides the texture, body and thickness for the food range”.

Odd One Out’s customers fall mostly into two groups – those looking for items to incorporate into children’s tea sets or play time, and those wanting to decorate a feature piece of crockery or service ware. Her food theme range includes sandwiches, biscuits, donuts, cake and pizza (sold whole or by the slice!).

Shoppers will also be able to enjoy a guided tour of the Look! exhibition by curator Mike Shuttleworth, starting at 2pm. The one hour tour is suitable for families and children.

Also exhibiting at the March Craft Hatch are: Ferrit, Joey Nomad, Little Paper Cloud, Love Rosie Clarke, m2matiz, Made by Mosey, Meg Kolac, Mr Moo, Greswell Forest Bears, Porcelain Womb, Sister Outlaws, So Little Time Co., Milk & Cookies, Tamptation, Teddy Bears Wednesday, The Dusty Caravan & Earth Die Screaming, Two Layers of Cells & Zooblast.

Craft Hatch markets are presented by Craft Victoria on the second Saturday of every month, 11am-4pm.

More at Craft Victoria

Henrik Olesen at MoMa

Projects 94: Henrik Olesen
February 9–May 23, 2011
The Contemporary Galleries, second floor

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Henrik Olesen Presents New Works at MoMA
For His First U.S. Solo Museum Exhibition

NEW YORK, February 7, 2011—For Projects 94: Henrik Olesen, on view February 9 through May 23, 2011, The Museum of Modern Art presents new works by Berlin-based artist Henrik Olesen (Danish, b. 1967) made specifically for this presentation. Olesen’s past projects have addressed a range of subjects, including legal codes, the natural sciences, distribution of capital, and art history. For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, the artist has gathered disassembled electronic devices mounted on large Plexiglas panels, found-object sculptures, and text-based collages, which together exemplify the range of his practice. Linking this group of works is the relationship of the body and the machine, undergoing what he calls “production, reproduction, and self-production.” Olesen has a longstanding interest in the obsession of early modern artists, such as the Dadaists and Surrealists, with the transformation and proliferation of bodies, machines, and systems. In this group of works, he hints at the possibility of liberation from the body, proposing an alternative conception of existence. The installation’s combination of words and objects, which waver between personal and anonymous, reflect Olesen’s view of the state of the body in technological, capitalist societies of the present day. Projects 94 is organized by Doryun Chong, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. The Elaine Dannheisser Projects series is coordinated by Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director, The Museum of Modern Art.

More information at MoMa

Danny Frommer, Fluffy Transmission

Opening Thursday 10 March 2011, 6-8pm. Showing until 21 April 2011.
Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne (Gallery 3).

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Danny Frommer, Falsifying Betty, 2010. Images courtesy of the artist.

The mechanical and the handmade combine in kinetic sculpture.

Fluffy Transmission is a new installation combining the soft and somewhat organic forms of pom-poms with the mechanically limited motion of a rotary transmission system. This ‘machine’ has not been assembled as a means toward an end goal, but rather to reflect on how machines operate and the values inherent in them. The cyclical forms in Fluffy Transmission unify to create a kind of temporal mandala.

Danny Frommer’s practice spans a variety of art forms including painting, photography, sculpture and installation. His work explores how mechanisms, machines, and representations can transmit and mould forces, material, motion and energy in order to impart ideas and sensations.  More recently he has produced kinetic pieces that reflect on the relationship between the body and the machine; the machine-made and the hand crafted.

Frommer’s machines are often made out of recycled or found materials, or objects that are not usually considered as mechanical components. Frommer holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from ANU, has undertaken numerous residencies and is currently completing a Certificate III in Engineering Studies at NMIT.

Fluffy Transmission will be opened by Helen Hughes, writer and curator.

More at Craft Victoria

DG STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION 2011 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

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DG STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION 2011   -   CALL FOR ENTRIES

This year’s challenge is to design a cover for an imaginary issue of DG magazine with the theme “Images of the Decade”, where it is up to you to choose the decade.

Once again we supply the Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop templates to get you into the task quickly.

As before, there are two divisions: one for tertiary institutions, the other for secondary schools.

It is intended that students attempt to capture the cultural flavour and essence of their chosen decade through one or more images. It is permissible to incorporate third party images into the cover design, but the final image must be largely the student’s own work. Thus they can research images and then use photo-imaging techniques to create something totally original. Third party images must be substantially reworked so that they are not simply used “as found”. Students can, of course, use their own illustrations. This is then a “real world” experience because designers of magazines, books and movies use other people’s images but need to create something distinctive and original. That’s the challenge.

The CALL FOR ENTRIES can be downloaded here

The TEMPLATES can be downloaded here

DEADLINE is 30 April 2011

We look forward to it being difficult to judge all of the wonderful cover designs.
Good luck.

DGi Media Team

See the gallery from DG Student Design Competition 2010